Ongoing Opportunities
Parma Area Family Collaborative

The Parma Area Family Collaborative is a social services agency located in Parma that has an objective to link families with resources that meet their needs and focus on the well being, safety, academic success, and stability of children in the communities we serve.  We have many volunteer opportunities available to students during the school year.

Clothing Room Volunteer: Collab

  • Sort and Organize donated clothing
  • Fold/Hang/Patch clothing in preparation for Thursdays
  • Welcome Community members into clothing room on Thursdays 2-4PM
  • Volunteer to be present in clothing room when private appointments are set up

Food Pantry Volunteer: Second Thursday of Every Month

  • Sort food before pantry opens
  • Package fruits and vegetables
  • Welcome Community Members
  • Assist in Handing our fresh produce to community members
  • Assist in cleaning the gymnasium after Food Pantry is complete

Community Garden Volunteer: 

  • Maintain Garden outside of Parma Area Family Collaborative
  • Provide Education to students in gardening

Teach Me to Read Volunteer: Wednesday Evenings – 5:30-7:30PM

  • Welcome Families to Parma Collaborative
  • Assist in Serving Dinner to Families
  • Support families and parents throughout TMtR program
  • Provide child care during parent sessions
  • Be Present at all sessions

Coat Drive Volunteer: Middle to End of October

  • Sort and distribute coats donated to PAFC
  • Assist clients in finding the correct size coat needed

Christmas Present Volunteer: After Thanksgiving until Mid December

  • Assist in set up for event at Parma Collaborative

Website:  www.familycollaborative.com
Location: 11212 Snow Rd, Parma, OH
Contact: Genevieve VonCarlowitz, Volunteer Coordinator 614-572-8872  [email protected]



Youth Challenge
1Program volunteers are TEENS age 12 to 12th grade who serve as hands-on assistants to all Youth Challenge participants. They provide one-on-one interaction with children with physical disabilities in a variety of adapted sports and recreational activities. Program activities include baseball, tennis, soccer, football, basketball, bowling, fishing, hockey, swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, music and drama, field trips and MORE and are held at various sites throughout Northeast Ohio. Opportunities to help at YC are flexible as volunteers have the freedom to sign up for programs of their choosing. Not only does YC give teen volunteers a chance to help those who are differently-abled, but it lets them have FUN while doing it! All program volunteers must complete a VOLUNTEER TRAINING prior to helping at programs. Trainings are offered at the end of each program season to prepare new volunteers for the next session. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UPCOMING TRAINING DATES! NOTE: space at each training is limited so new volunteers must RSVP to attend a session. Once trained, new volunteers must also attend a program as a SHADOW. This second step in the training process gives new volunteers a better idea of what they will be doing at programs and introduces them to some of the children they’ll be serving. Once these steps are completed and the required paperwork is turned in, volunteers will be able to help season after season without having to repeat the training process.

Website:  www.youthchallengesports.com
Location: 800 Sharon Drive Westlake, OH 44145
Contact: Sarah Perez-Stable, Director of Volunteer Services 440-892-1001 ext. 14
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission


Sports Commission volunteers have a direct impact on the success of our events and are held in high regard around the community. Benefits of volunteering include – networking & meeting new people, getting involved in exciting events, having a direct impact on the City’s revitalization, obtaining new skills, improving your resume and much more!

We cannot successfully run the best events in the country without the help of our trusted and dedicated volunteers. Check out our open volunteer opportunities on our website.

Website: www.clevelandsports.org

Location:  Various Locations
Contact: To volunteer for any of the Cleveland Sports Commission events visit the website above to register.

New Avenues to Independence, Inc.
4Share your talents and interests with individuals with disabilities! New Avenues offers many volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout Northeast Ohio.  The Resource Development Coordinator will assist in matching your skills and interests with a volunteer position that fits your needs with the needs of the agency. Find a meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity with New Avenues today!

Website:  http://www.newavenues.net/
Location: Various Locations
Contact: Resource Development Coordinator 216-481-1909 ext. 202
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
3Groups are needed to help make a difference at one or more of Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Green Corps Learning Farms. These urban farms not only offer their communities access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they also teach high school youth valuable skills. Now that students have gone back to school, volunteers are needed to help harvest crops and assist with farm maintenance. This is a great opportunity for groups to come and volunteer four or more hours in one day! Group opportunities are available Monday – Friday until October 30, 2015. Groups typically come for four or more hours between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. We can have groups of 5 volunteers to 40, although more than 15 volunteers will be split up between various farms. There are five Green Corps Learning Farms available, and farm assignment is based on greatest need. You can see the location of our farms and learn about the programs impact on Cleveland on our website: http://www.cbgarden.org/lets-learn/green-corps/growing-community.aspx Volunteers should be able to lift up to 20 pounds and bend/kneel. Some gardening experience and basic knowledge of proper tool use preferred. Training on tasks will be provided.

Location: Various Locations
Contact: Sarah Hartley, Volunteer Coordinator 216-707-2822
Walk of Faith Community Center
6We run a donation center every Weds from 6:30-8p. The center intakes gently used clothes, shoes, coats and small appliances. The items are checked, sorted and stocked in areas for display. We also assist clients in finding the items they need. All items are free to those in the community. We also box up and store items based on seasons and need assistance with large projects of that nature. We welcome all volunteers over the age of 18 or those 12-17 y/o in the company of an adult. *Please note that we do not have ramp access to the donation area and there are many steps to reach the area. If steps are an issue for you we can always use help on the main floor with the intake process!

Website:  http://www.wofcommunitycenter.org/index.html
Location: 12833 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111
Contact: Kathy Eyerman, Volunteer Coordinator 216-941-3270
Crossroads Hospice
5VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Crossroads Hospice is looking for committed and caring people to add to our team. We are looking for “The Ultimate Gift Giver” to provide patient care visits in facilities and in homes and also to assist with office work, bereavement, scrapbooking, Ultimate Gifts, making prayer shawls, Veterans blankets, picture and videotaping, art, pet, and music therapy, Life Journal, Veteran Recognitions and the list is endless. We consider our Volunteers to be “Array of Angels”. For free orientation, training and ongoing educational programs.

Website:  www.crossroadshospice.com
Location: 9775 Rockside Rd #270 Valley View, OH 44125
Contact: Cindy Billideau, Volunteer Manager 216-654-9300
Cleveland Metroparks
7Cleveland Metroparks strives to protect our natural world, while educating our users and allowing them to enjoy nature in a variety of ways.

Website:  http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Volunteer.aspx
Location: Various Locations
Contact: Lisa Bobbitt, Volunteer Manager 440-253-2143
To Apply for Volunteer Opportunities Visit: https://cmp.civicore.com/index.php?section=apply&action=new
Cleveland Adoption Network
8Whatever your availability, skill set, or personal interests, Adoption Network Cleveland has a need that you could fill by becoming an Adoption Network Cleveland Volunteer. Since our founding in 1988, volunteers have played a critical role in program development, advocacy, fundraising, organizational oversight and direct service. Some positions require a great deal of commitment, while others ask for little more than a few hours of your time. What qualifies you to become an Adoption Network Cleveland Volunteer is a willingness to serve and support those individuals and communities whose lives have been touched by adoption and foster care. Today, volunteers serve our organization by:

  • providing leadership through serving on our Board of Directors
  • serving as mentors for youth in foster care
  • assisting other members in their searches
  • speaking to the community at large to help others understand the realities of adoption
  • working on programs that respond to the needs of our members and the Cleveland community
  • facilitating our General Meetings, month after month, to offer people a safe place to come to share and to listen
  • participating in committee work that keeps us focused on our mission and the development of new services.
  • assisting with special projects and working in our offices or behind the scenes to help make it all happen…and much more!

Website:  http://www.adoptionnetwork.org/volunteer.aspx
Location: 4614 Prospect Avenue Cleveland, OH 44103
Contact: Kara Laughlin, Volunteer and Development Associate (216) 482-2312

Parma Animal Shelter
9The volunteers at the Parma Animal Shelter are a loving, caring, and compassionate group of people who are dedicated to upholding the mission and vision of the shelter. And, they make sure our furry friends have whatever they need to make their stay at the shelter as comfortable as possible until they find their forever homes. Read on to learn about our volunteer opportunities. We hope that you’ll consider becoming a Parma Animal Shelter volunteer!

Website:  www.parmashelter.org
Location: 6260 State Road Parma, OH 44134
To Apply to Volunteer Click Below:  http://parmashelter.org/volunteer/
Maggie's Place

10The Zechariah House – The 2nd Saturday of every month staff, moms and volunteers gather at Maggie’s Place, The Zechariah House to do deep cleaning, general maintenance and special projects around the home. We have families of all ages come and work with us to make our home beautiful and functional. Everyone is welcome. Serve Saturday runs from 9am-12pm. Please RSVP if interested. There are opportunities for all ages and skill levels. There is no training requirement for participation in Work Saturday.

Website:  http://www.maggiesplace.org
Location: Parma, OH
Contact: Peggy Adams, Volunteer Coordinator 440-886-2620

Parma Christian Church Food Pantry
20On the 3rd Wednesday of each month the Parma Christian Church passes out food from their food pantry to residents of Parma, North Royalton and Seven Hills. On occasion they need volunteers to help pack the food bags that are distributed to the needy families: around 80 bags. Parma Christian Church also serves meals at St. Patrick’s Church on the 2nd Thursday each month starting at 4:15PM, if a student is interested they can even provide transportation. Lastly the church receives many calls from area seniors that need help with fall yard clean up and snow shoveling and could use help from area youth.

Website:  www.parmachristianchurch.org
Location: 7000 Ridge Rd. Cleveland, OH 44129
Contact: Deborah Hannan, Secretary 440-842-1614
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center
18Volunteers deliver the support necessary to ensure that UH Parma Medical Center continues to provide excellent, personalized care. The Auxiliary, the volunteer program at UH Parma Medical Center, promotes community wellness and also raises funds for the benefit of the hospital’s healing environment. Like all the team members at UH Parma Medical Center, our volunteers ascribe to a high standard of personal care and service with a dedicated purpose and mission.

Website:  http://www.uhhospitals.org/parma/about/volunteer-opportunities
Location: 7007 Powers Blvd. Parma, OH 44129
Contact: Jill Kusmierek, Manager Volunteer Services 440-743-4202
Pay It Forward Cafe
21Serve with us! Enjoy your time giving back as you serve your local community. Every Saturday, Pay It Forward Cafe is a time to gather and eat. For everyone that comes, the experience means something different. For one, the free meal may help financially, for another, the time spent in fellowship is priceless, and for some, it’s become family. We are always looking for extra hands, to pass out bread, to serve food, carry a plate for the elderly, pour a drink, give a smile. Join us and be part of the movement that reminds the lonely, the broken-hearted, the hungry that they are not forgotten.

Website:  www.PayItForwardCafe.com
Location: 5994 Ridge Rd. Parma, OH  44129
Date/Time: Saturday’s 11:30-1:30
Contact: Dona Kiner, Co-Director 216-200-7030